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Ethics/Professional Responsibility

Jun. 7, 2024

Client transgressions: What to do when a client plans to commit a crime

Lawyers who face ethical dilemmas when dealing with clients who propose or commit illegal acts may consult their firm’s in-house or outside counsel specializing in liability issues.

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Lawyers often counsel clients on how to stay on the right side of the law. But there can be risks for lawyers, clients, and the pubic when a client informs their lawyer that they are considering conduct that could amount to a crime.

Sometimes this issue arises in less obvious ways. For example, a long-time client trying to assist a parent’s medical care and expenses might ask for guidance on how to circumvent required filings or forge an ...

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